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If I do say so myself (and I do), we’ve got quite a nice variety of activities for you this weekend. AND we’ve got FREE TICKETS to give away for one of them. Read on to find out more…

If I do say so myself (and I do), we’ve got quite a nice variety of activities for you this weekend. AND we’ve got FREE TICKETS to give away for one of them. Read on to find out more…

1. Premiere of The Barksdale’s Thoroughly Modern Millie

Ok, you didn’t have to read very far. For one lucky winner we’ve got two tickets to the performance of your choice of this much-anticipated show. Go here to enter to win – you only have until 10pm! The winner will be notified on Friday morning. And even if you don’t win, you should think about checking it out. I mean, it’s got tap dancing and hot flapper chicks! It runs through August 2nd, but the opening performance is Friday, June 19th, 8pm, The Empire Theatre, 114 W. Broad Street, $40. Go here to buy tickets. (Or here to try and win them!) Recommended for ages 12 and up.

2. The Richmond Vegetarian Festival

Whether you’re a full-on vegetarian or not, this is sure to educate you on the benefits of a plant-heavy (if not plant-only) diet. There will be speakers, vendors, and a variety of local restaurants representing. Plus, I hear there’s going to be a JUGGLER!!! And honestly, the food is sure to be good. Funnel cake doesn’t have meat in it, does it? So they’ll have it there, right? I mean, it *is* a festival. Saturday, June 20th, 12pm to 6pm, 4308 Hermitage Road, free to get in.

3. Richmond Summer Brass Fest at Bogarts

Not only will this be INSANELY fun, it’s an awesome way to support some local musicians (including one who writes for us from time to time). And really, who could possibly be in a bad mood after listening to a bunch of trumpets and trombones wailing away? Bad people, that’s who. Saturday, June 20th, 9pm, 1903 W. Cary Street, $7, ages 21 and up.

4. Father’s Day in the Garden at Lewis Ginter

Classic cars! Hot rods! Cookouts! Yay Dads! Combine those with activities that are sure to wear the kids out and you’ve got one happy Papa. Sunday, June 21st, 1pm to 4pm, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, regular garden admission.

5. Ghostbusters: Hellbent at The Byrd

Who loves fan fiction? Specifically fan fiction that has been turned into a feature film??? I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this one. Apparently a couple of dudes were super disappointed when Ghostbusters 3 never happened, so they decided to write it themselves and actually film it for your viewing pleasure. Not convinced? Please, oh please, read this synopsis:

Ghostbusters International recruiter Oscar Wallace sets out along the East Coast to set up Ghostbusters franchises outside of New York, Landing him in Richmond, Virginia. A meal gone ghastly leads him to recruit Steven Reeves, Marc Skyler, and Jay Davis. Three college students with a knack for the paranormal.

They set up shop as GHOSTBUSTERS, ridding Richmond of bizarre apparitions. However, the Boys in Grey are challenged when the River City catches the eye of the anti-christ. Soon all hell breaks loose and it’s up to the Ghostbusters to stop it.

When an over crowded Hell threatens your city, who you gonna call?

I know! Sunday, June 21st, 2pm, 2908 W. Cary Street, no mention of ticket price but I’d assume it’s the standard $2 cost for which the Byrd is known and loved.

Know of anything else going on this week? Leave it in the comments.

(If you have an event coming up that you want help promoting, let us know. It just might end up making the list!)

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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